Balancing homeschool and life is tricky. Especially when life gets hard. Is it even possible to achieve?
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How can we balance homeschool and life?
Meet Merl. Merl is the combination of six loads of laundry that I finally caught up on and dumped on our couch…. I had every intention of getting the laundry folded.
But, every time I’d glance in the general direction of that pile of laundry something else (i.e., ballet, guitar lessons, math lessons, dinner, barn chores, etc.) would demand my attention.
For all those moms out there that can do it all and not get overwhelmed or behind, I commend you! You are a fabulous rock star!
I, on the other hand, am not.
It’s been several days now – the laundry on the couch. Just looking at me.
Enough is enough!
So I put my husband’s baseball cap on top and dubbed our laundry Merl!
Hello, my name is Erin, and I have a huge pile of laundry that I can’t seem to get folded, so I gave it a name and a personality. Then I took the time to write about said laundry instead of folding it…
That’s not weird, is it?
Merl just kinda sits there. Like a lump on a log. Judging me.
He doesn’t help out around here, and I’m pretty sure he has a sock obsession and is sneaking them out of the house…
Possibly through a closet door into Narnia.
I’ve given him a 30-day notice to vacate the premises before I take some sort of legal action.
It’s not weird.
Is balancing homeschool and life even possible?
Before you pass judgment on my housekeeping skills, allow me to explain.
To All Of Us.
Plus someone really needs to invent a dryer that dries and folds the laundry for you.
There are different seasons of life that we all encounter as mothers. Everything from new babies, new jobs, moving, job losses, illness, and everything in between. Sometimes families are enduring incredible hardships and losses. Sometimes life is hard.
All of us are trying to balance it all: homeschool, marriage, housekeeping, motherhood, work, LAUNDRY…
Is a balance even possible?
It all kinda ebbs and flows.
Imagine a tightrope walker (you) on a tightrope…now imagine someone (life) flicking the tightrope really hard! The tightrope walker is going to jerk back and forth trying to regain his balance.
Some days you may lean more to one side (homeschool) than another (housekeeping). Next week may be different than next month.
There was this one time where I got the laundry washed, dried, folded and put away all on the same day!
I know, right? I felt like an EPIC laundry NINJA!
But I’ve never felt like I had motherhood all balanced at the same time.
What if we emphasize making memories instead?
This week the laundry has gotten away from me. Yet the children and I have read some amazing books together and played fantastic board games. They’ve learned about ponds and had a dance party in the front yard. And, we packed most of our belongings for our upcoming move into our new house.
My first priority, always and before anything else, is my family. Even when life gets hard…I focus on love.
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Loving my family and their unique needs. Loving my neighbors. Helping where I can.
So, for now, the giant laundry pile named Merl can hang out on my couch and judge me. I doubt the kids will remember him in years to come. What they will remember is the snuggles, kisses, spontaneous dance parties, and love that surrounded them.
And in the end, those memories are all that really matters.
How do you balance life and homeschool?